RS 301 - Waist Lecture Notes

RS 301 - Waist Lecture Notes - RS 301 Professor Wolf Cal...

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RS 301 Professor Wolf Cal Poly Pomona Fall 2009 Lecture Notes on Waiste [wolf 1 – v] The thing that makes sustainable housing is that we pay attention to: first thing have to do is : consider land use and the site location Industrial model (economy of scale) know what we are going to get tremendous amount of energy for what we get using standard fertilizer yields more production Definitions of productivity Genetic engineering – he is not convinced it is a bad thing VISITOR [wolf 2] AGRICULTURE PPT – University of Tennessee Shouldn’t treat agriculture as industry Industries by their nature are very extractive They treat resources… talks about definition of a resource is something that you can to over and over again. Essentially, a resource is something you can mine and exploit Cant grow quality food on crappy soil Need to maintain the soil, the farmers and the farmers families Argument, that a farm economy that marginalizes the farmer is not sustainable Ex: miss one day of work, then cant pay rent. That is not sustainable two pronged approach to US agriculture 1. policy to produce as much as possible – policy of plenty – produce for export, storage, and national security 2. policy to manage plenty – if price of food is high, then grow more and if the price is low, grow more Net affect of everybody growing more is to make the price drop – which makes people grow more = fat So, argument is that it is really in the countries, societies best interest to keep the prices, not too high cant afford to eat and not so low that farmers are flooding the market This had been the policy. . once you have agriculture becomes an international market – harder to control the price-because global market – so even if you produce less, brazil and Argentina can produce more The focus is change, especially between a political desire of the administrations in Washington and then, this internationalization to focus less on managing plenty, and more on production – with the idea being that people will no longer get paid not to grow Why might it be a good thing to pay people not to grow? Soil go fallow and notion of crop rotation, but now people just alternate between soy and corn because there is a guaranteed market for – govt guarantees a price b/c prices had been so low that farmers were losing money
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[wolf 3] format of final paper goes like this: but wait, in ch 3 of lyles book, he discusses “strategies for regenerative design” = ways of dealing with problems with a regenerative approach EX: aggregating, not isolating – rather than say. “I am going to grow cows.” You say how do cows fit into a larger process – so, looking at complex interwoven processes lyle has things that we discussed in various ways paper looks like this: 1. summarize the challenge – what are the big issues – things are going to hell in a hand basket and we need to do something about it what is my sense of what the problem is? 2.
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